This week, Senator Robert Casey (D. Pennsylvania) introduced legislation to afford minimum wage and overtime coverage to the home care worker industry. The legislation aims to protect many employees who went without minimum wage and overtime protections since the law was enacted in 1938.
If the legislation passes, thousands of home health care workers may now be protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and eligible to receive the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and time and a half for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek.
The legislation was introduced for the purpose of expanding the home care workforce, as needs grow for these services. It is estimated that by 2030, 78 million individuals from the "baby boom" generation will have qualified for Medicare. As the generation reaches 65, large demands will be placed on America's current health care system, creating new demands for the home health care industry.